Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Hello! The last couple of days, when I have been in my stamp shack, I am thinking about all the card ideas I have, and the fact that I have to get a couple of birthday cards made and sent by Friday. So, do I work on them? No, I work on something entirely different! Stamp stuff organization is an on going process, as you know. A while back, I started putting some of the Spellbinders nestibilities dies, that I don't use as often, in some CD cases, as I found out my hubby has a huge box of empty CD cases he said I could use some of! (Remember my hubby's hobby is music.) So, I found that most all the nestibilities fit very well in these. Wal-mart has packages of magnet sheets that can be cut to fit the CD cases to hold the nestibilities in place. So, it works for them. But, lately, I have purchased many border dies from companies like My Favorite Things, The Cat's Pajamas, and Taylored Expressions. Note here that I have quite a collection from My Favorite Things, as the store I am teaching at, is carrying their line of stamps and dies. These dies are about 6" long and they do not fit in the CD cases. Well, I guess one would at an angle but how about all the others? So, my thought was ... maybe I could make a book to hold them all in one place! When I had my store, we bought all kinds of clear envelopes in all kinds of sizes to either resale or use for merchandising. I have the big box of leftover clear envelopes and bags in my shack. The ones I ended up using for this project are actually taller than the die which I think works fine but the envy was also a lot wider than I would have liked. But it works. I found some bright pink cardstock in the ex-Imprints box which means free and not waisting my good cardstock! I cut the cardstock to fit the envelope and used the tape at the top of the envy to secure the cardstock in. Then I cut a strip of magnet to hold my die. And, used my label maker to add the die name to the outside of the envy. I made the outside front and back by just covering pieces of chipboard and added "my border dies" title to the front with some thickers I have in my stash. The front is still kinda plain but I can spoof it up later, as I just wanted to get the book done so I could show that to you. Here are my pics!
|Shows Top of Clear Envy|
|Envy with die inserted and label|
|Shows how thick book is.|
|3 Pages are ready to add more dies.|
Hope to be back tomorrow with a couple of those birthday cards I need to get to!
Posted by Tina at 1:11 PM
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Hello! I am back to show you Debbie and my card for this week's challenge. As you know, we are working our way through the Mojo Monday's sketches from 2010. And this week marks the last sketch of March 2010. The last week of every month, the sketch always consists of a choice between a square or a circle. Same sketch, just a different size card. Yes, I almost always go with the circle size and this week is no exception. I think Debbie usually does the square layout, but this week she did a circle one. I love how hers came out. Let's get to it. Enjoy!
|The Sketch Choices|
Posted by Tina at 9:47 AM
Friday, June 24, 2011
Hello! Have you missed me this week? If you read Sunday's post, you knew that I expected to not have a lot of new creations to show you this week. I knew Monday and Tuesday would consist of getting the class kits ready, Wednesday was my class, and yesterday I rested. I did manage to get the Sat. Sketch card done yesterday morning so I will have that for you tomorrow. Today's card is one I made to show a friend an idea for a sympathy card layout that I have done before. Yes, I doing a "case" on my own card. You can see it here. And here is the new card I made. Enjoy!
Isn't it interesting how different papers can change the whole look of a card? The other thing that is so crazy is that because I used this layout for a praying for you card the first time, I now think of this layout as perfect for this type of sentiment. Hello ... this layout could just as well be for a birthday instead! Truthfully, it is just an awesome layout. Simple to recreate. There is just enough layers and shapes to add interest, but not too much that it is "busy". This has to go into my "love it layouts" folder for any type of card! What do you think ... do you like it?
Paper - My Minds Eye Stella & Rose Mabel 6 x 6 pad, Cardstock Natural White, Ochre, Aqua
Stamps - Flowers by Verve, Sentiment by Impression Obsession
Ink - Versafine Black
Tools - Classic Scalloped Circle, Classic Circle Nestibilities
Other -Ribbon by May Arts, Pearls by Queen & Co.
See you tomorrow. And thanks for being patient with me this week.
Posted by Tina at 9:54 AM
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Which leads me to my Tina Tip ...
When doing any paper piecing, stamp your image out onto your paper, cut them out and color them. And then, to adhere them, use this ...
By using one of these, you will have adhesive all over, even the smallest of pieces, with no effort! I have shared this tip in my classes but I am not sure I have ever shared it here. Try it!
Paper - Bones by The Paper Company Paws & Claws line called Dog Bones, Green pattern for hat, glove and apron is from Die Cuts with a View Flower Shower Matstack, Lime/Blue pattern is October Afternoon Campfire line called Skipping Rocks, Cardstock White, Lime Green, Blue
Stamps - Inky Antics Baking Pup Honeypop set
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Black Tombow marker
Tools - Honeycomb Pad Ivory, Classic Circle Nestibilities, Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder
Other - Ribbon by May Arts
In honor of my father, W.C., I want to leave you with a few pics of him. Interesting fact: My father's name was W.C. but it did not stand for anything nor did he have a middle name. When he was in the service during WWII he often had to sign W only C only ... giving him the nickname Wonly Conly!
|My Dad & I 1960|
|1945 During WWII|
As a boy -age?
Saturday, June 18, 2011
|Debbie's card inside|
See you tomorrow!
Friday, June 17, 2011
Hello! I did finish my Father's Day card for the hubby but I decided I will wait and show you my card on Sunday. That way, I can keep this daily posting thing going. Do you realize that I have had something new for you seven of the last eight days? With the upcoming weekend posts, that will make it, nine out of ten! And, that is great since next week, I probably won't do so good, as I am teaching twice in the same week. No complaints for me, but I know it will take away from my card creating in my "shack"! I realized this morning I have not shown you my cards for next week's class. And I need to, because there is still some space left and you might want to sign up! Let's get to the cards and then I will give you the class details, in case you live in the metroplex, and are interested. Enjoy!
|"Shake" Card Front|
|"Shake" Card Inside|
|"Pop" Card Inside|
"Shake, Pop, & Sparkle" Wed. June 22nd 11:00 a.m. or Sat. June 25th 2:00 p.m. $25
In this class, you will create three very unique and creative cards including a shaker card, a card with an inside pop-up and a card that sparkles and feels like velvet. Please bring adhesive, small pop-dots, a sharp exacto knife and cutting pad, a glue stick, detailed scissors and your preferred coloring medium (Copics, colored pencils, etc.) All other supplies provided.
Taught by me at The Crafty Scrapper, Waxahachie, TX.
So, tomorrow, I will have Saturday's Sketch Share for you and then Sunday, I will show you the Honey Pop card I made for the hubby from "the girls" & I. By the way, "the girls" include Red, the Pomeranian, and CoCo, the Chihuahua!
Posted by Tina at 12:42 PM
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Hello! The first teacher that I had at my store, used to say "there are no rules" in stamping ... and that must be true because today's card has a pink bear on it! Yes, a pink bear ... but I really wanted to play along in The Cat's Pajamas color challenge for this week with pink, red and teal. It was a fun card to create even though it is pretty darn silly, especially since I just went out to my room to try to find a small width ribbon so I could add a bow ... a pink bear needs a bow for her hair! Don't you think? I also am playing along in Jen's monthly sketch challenge. So, here is my very silly card and then the two challenges that goes with it! Enjoy!
Posted by Tina at 11:04 AM
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
|Close-Up of the Honeycomb pop|
Paper - Brown print by KI Memories Sweet Life line called Hard Candy, Solid Yellow is reverse side of American Crafts Bookshelf line, Dots are by Jillibean Soup, Cardstock White
Stamps - Inky Antics Cupcake Birdy
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol
Tools - Classic Circle, Classic Scalloped Circle Nestibilities, Inky Antics Honeycomb pads - Pink, Brown, Red
Other - Grosgrain ribbon, Pearls by Queen & Co.
See you tomorrow!
Posted by Tina at 10:50 AM
Monday, June 13, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Another week is gone! Have a great weekend!
Friday, June 10, 2011
Step 3: Remove the die. With a sharp pair of scissors, cut from the edge of your paper a little farther in than the inner line you drew above and below "the ears". And then cut, around the ears ONLY up to the outside lines.
Step: 4: Place the die into position, with the cutting edge down, using your outside pencil marks as a guide. When you slide the die into place, lift the section that will be outside so that it lays above the die. This will keep it from being cut off when you run it thru your die machine. See the pic below.
Step 5: After you run it thru your machine, remove the die, erase your pencil marks and do any additional trimming. The pic below is before the pencils marks are erased but you can see that the ears are still in tact but look like they are "outside of the box".
That's it! It is really not so hard once you get the hang of it! I would suggest you try it first on something similar to the bunny so you don't have to worry about too much cutting the first time. I hope this tutorial was helpful and please email me if you have any questions.
I will be back tomorrow with Saturday's sketch challenge, see you then!
Posted by Tina at 11:05 AM
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Hello! I have a Texas Tues-Step creation for you today using a couple of the new stamps that Mark from Deadbeat Designs sent me. When I saw his Texas hot air balloon stamp, I immediately thought it needed to be flying in the sky over us, which lead me to create this Texas "scene"! Let me get to showing you my card, and then I can chit chat about it more. Here is my card with a couple of views ... Enjoy!
|Whole Card showing Easel|
|Close-Up of the Front|
Posted by Tina at 10:53 AM
Saturday, June 4, 2011
This was not a favorite for me. I thought my card came out way too busy. I couldn't come up with any way to make it better, so I left it. But, even looking at it here, I still don't much like it. Debbie's card was quite comical! If I asked for a fairy godmother, I can see this guy showing up instead! Makes one think twice about asking, don't ya think?
The scrapbook convention on Thursday was a lot of fun. It was great seeing so many people that I haven't seen in a while. And, it was a lot of fun spending money on some new goodies. Thank goodness for my new teaching gig as it gave me more money to spend! Woo Hoo! And speaking of teaching, I am in the middle of creating my next set of cards for my June classes. The dates are Wed., June 22nd, and Sat., June 25th. Same class but different days. If I get them done, and can work on something new for you, you will see me on Monday. If not, I will be back on Tuesday with the Texas Tues-Step post. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!